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“Literature about medicine may be all that can save us”

“Literature about medicine may be all that can save us”

“Language, that most human invention,” wrote Oliver Sacks, “can enable what, in principle, should not be possible. It can allow all of us, even the congenitally blind, to see with another person’s eyes.” In the last decade or two, a new generation of doctor writers – including Atul Gawande, Abraham Verghese, Henry Marsh,Danielle Ofri, Siddhartha…

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TEDx Beacon Street

TEDx Beacon Street

Danielle's TED talk, “When Doctors Face Fear:” a harrowing journey through the intricacies of fear.

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Documentary: Why Doctors Write

Documentary: Why Doctors Write

Ken Browne Productions is excited to launch the trailer for the film, "Why Doctors Write: Finding Humanity in Medicine." Danielle Ofri is filmed at Bellevue Hospital along with one of her long-time patients. When completed, the documentary will explore storytelling and creativity in medicine.

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Should Doctors Care About Happiness?

Should Doctors Care About Happiness?

We in the health care professions need to notice and inquire about happiness the same way we do other aspects of our patients’ lives.

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A Doctor in the Neighborhood

A Doctor in the Neighborhood

There aren’t any ethical guidelines about where a doctor should live or how she should behave when she and her patient are in line at the grocery store.

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Patients, and Doctors, Aren’t Dying at Home

Patients, and Doctors, Aren’t Dying at Home

Doctors, it turns out, aren’t much different than everyone else when it comes to where they die.

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Danielle’s TEDMED Talk

Danielle’s TEDMED Talk

"Deconstructing Perfection."

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The “Mall-ification” of Health Care

The “Mall-ification” of Health Care

Retail health clinics have exploded over the last 10 years, and now it seems like every other big box store, supermarket and shopping mall has its own clinic.

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Getting the Diagnosis Wrong

Getting the Diagnosis Wrong

Diagnostic accuracy is fiendishly difficult to measure precisely. A new report suggests that nearly everyone will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetimes.

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Getting the Diagnosis Right

Getting the Diagnosis Right

If I had the luxury of an hour with each patient, I would have the time to carefully sort through every diagnostic possibility. But the reality is that I, like most doctors, have five to 10 minutes to push the majority of diagnoses to the bottom of the list, come up with the most likely…

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